Paul Yau, Charities Project Manager
CoolThink@JC - Computational Thinking Education for All
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Why did you create this innovation?
We see the critical need for modern curriculum, a basic education for every student to master 21st century skills and narrow the new form of digital divide. Our mission is to inspire digital creativity, nurture students' proactive use of technologies for social good from a young age and advocating mainstream Computational Thinking education in formal curriculum for every student.
How does your innovation work in practice?
CoolThink@JC is an impactful large scale Computational Thinking education program in Hong Kong, a US$67 million funding project donated and created by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust since 2016. We convene the government, renowned educators, local and global institutions to systematically transform our technology education ecosystem with modern curriculum innovation and teacher capacity building. We push policy refresh to mandate CT education in school system, and our program has reached over 87% of publicly funded schools (>400 schools) in Hong Kong and our curriculum has reached to USA, New Zealand and Dubai.
CoolThink@JC is innovative for its vision and thought leadership in taking “Computational Thinking” on the center stage as the brand and priority to drive local and international adoption with a successful evidenced-proven implementation model for the world. We founded the first International Conference on Computational Thinking Education since 2017.
How has it been spreading?
We started a 4-year pilot in 32 schools to prove our model works. SRI conducted a rigorous 3-year independent evaluation for the project and concluded that CoolThink students significantly outperformed their peers in other schools. We continue our scaling out effort to reach critical mass of adoption. As of May 2022, we has reached >87% of total primary schools in HK, 190 of them are teaching 14+ hours of CT in their formal computing lesson in school. We supported 58,000+ students so far and target 110,000+ students by 2024. Our curriculum received ISTE Seal of Alignment Student Standard and received a highly rated certification by Education Alliance Finland. We also won two awards in the QS Reimagine Education Awards 2021. The government is also planning to adopt our curriculum for all.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Know more about us: https://www.coolthink.hk/en
Check out our pedagogy and curriculum: https://www.coolthink.hk/en/our-curriculum/
If you want try out our curriculum and learning materials, please register here: https://www.coolthink.hk/en/curriculum-for-all/